One of the most important upgrades you can make to your home is in the bathroom. Whether you are planning on putting your home on the market soon or plan to age in place, a bathroom remodel can help you maximize the value of your home for a minimal investment.
According to MarketWatch, the average return on a bathroom remodeling investment is 72.5%. The good news is you can get all the benefits of that return without completely overhauling your bathroom. You don’t need to strip it down to bare bones to get the value boost. These three projects yield high return on your investment.
Shower Tile Upgrade
Replacing the tile surround in your shower goes a long way to increase home value. It can give your bathroom a whole new look. You can simply replace existing tile around your tub, or make a bigger change by expanding the showering space.
Large showers, like walk-in closets, have been increasing in size and accessibility over the last year or so. They become another luxurious room to enjoy. These larger showers can become a harmonious element in the bathroom that enlarges the master suite. Extend the tile from the shower to the floor to give the room an open feel.Make sure to select a tile that is rated for shower and floor use.
Make the shower the centerpiece of the bathroom by selecting a tile that makes it stand out. Try natural stone, a colorful mosaic, or a tile shape that defines the room.
This is one of the least expensive updates you can make to your bathroom. It has high visibility and renews an old bathroom with little effort or cost. Install new faucets and shower head. Replace towel racks, light switch/outlet covers, and cabinet pulls.
Metallic hardware becomes like jewelry for an otherwise plain space. Make metal-look a strong accent to add a sense of rustic charm that gives the bathroom depth. Daltile’s Ion Metals™ series offers field and accent tiles plus coordinating light switch and outlet covers to bring your design together.
Match or complement bathroom hardware to the faucet and shower head. You may even carry the metallic look to other elements in your bathroom, like the backsplash, with metal-look tile or accents.
Vanity Surface Update
The vanity becomes the center of the bathroom in many ways and it can either elevate the appearance of the room or drag it down. This is the place to splurge and go for granite, quartz, or marble if you want to increase your home’s wow-factor—not to mention value.
Natural stone is a great choice for the vanity. It is tough and withstands daily wear and tear without losing its luster so it looks like new for many years. The elegance of natural stone brings the luxury level up considerably and gives your bathroom a spa feel where you can go to be pampered.
Solid slab countertops are trendy and tasteful yet they are timeless as well. Natural stone can be cut to fit your space perfectly and works well with either traditional or contemporary designs. It’s not an upgrade you can do yourself, however. You’ll need the assistance of the professionals for this job, but it’s well worth it.
Use your bathroom remodel budget wisely. Invest in the bathroom tile projects that will give you maximum benefits without breaking the bank.
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